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1. Prepare in Advance
We think a lot of families might already do this, but if not, this first tip can be a real game changer. Are you ready? Here it is, don't wait until Thursday morning to prepare and cook all your dinner dishes! As you plan your menu, consider what items can be prepared, even cooked in advance. Is there a side dish, a dessert, or an appetizer that could be made a day or two before Thanksgiving? If so, use Tuesday or Wednesday as an opportunity to prepare those dishes. This will help reduce the amount of work you will have do on Thanksgiving Day. It will also help free up time on Thanksgiving to spend with your family.
2. Involve the Family in the Preparations
We have already shared some ideas relating to this tip. We have found it to be a lot of fun to involve our kids in the planning and preparation for Thanksgiving. We have asked for their input on the menu, how we want to spend the day, what games we might want to play, even included what parade, football games or movies we watch. By asking them what they think we should do, we share in the planning of the day. We have also included them in the cooking, table setting, and cleaning up so that we all contribute in some way. But even more than that, many hands make light work. Having the kids help reduces the amount of work that might fall on any one person. Plus, it can be a lot of fun when we all work together!
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3. Plan for Fun
As you think about your day, ask yourself, "What goals do I have for the day?" Do you want to enjoy the day as a family? Do you want to watch or go to a parade together? Do you want to play a family game of football in the yard? In simply having a goal or two in mind, you are able to plan for fun! So what's it going to be, working all day in the kitchen, or do you want to spend some time together as a family?
We have found that when we plan for fun, we are more intentional and follow through with our plans. Last year, Breya and Amy came up with some fun Minute To Win It type games to play. It took them a couple of days to come up with the games and gather the props and materials needed. Then we had to set aside time in the day to actually play the games. When it was all said and done, we had a blast playing the games. So go ahead, and plan for fun!
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